B.A, Vanderbilt University, 1992Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2006Post-Doc, University of Virginia, 2007-10

Dr. Kent Wayland is an Assistant Professor in the science, technology & society program in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia. He teaches courses on science, technology, & society, writing, professional ethics, and cross-cultural engineering. He is also the Course Director for the study abroad course in Guatemala: “Public Health, Engineering, and the Environment: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Community Development.” His research has ranged widely, from the restoration of World War II warplanes to the data collection practices of Google and Facebook to the ethics and practice of student community-engagement projects. His undergraduate (Vanderbilt University) and doctoral (UVA) degrees are both in Cultural Anthropology, but he has been immersed in the interdisciplinary field of Science & Technology Studies for over a decade. Before earning his doctorate, he was a desk officer at the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.

Research Interests

  • Intercultural Learning and Teaching
  • History and Culture of Guatemala
  • Ethics and Practice of Community Engagement/Service Learning
  • Maintenance, Repair, and Restoration
  • Surveillance, Transparency, and Accountability through Data
  • Data Ethics

Selected Publications

  • Working Across Disciplines and Chipping Away at Silos with SLCE: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Educating Science and Engineering Students. (2014) Swap, R.J. & Wayland, K.
  • “It’s Not an Airplane, It’s My Baby”: Using a Gender Metaphor to Make Sense of Old Warplanes in North America. (2014) Wayland, K.
  • Campaign Finance Disclosure: Transparency Becomes Surveillance. (2014) Johnson, D. G., Regan, P. M., & Wayland, K. A.
  • Google: Simple Data, Powerful Rendering. (2014) Wayland, K.A.
  • Facebook: Multiple Accountabilities (2014) Wayland, K. A., Johnson, D. G., & Regan, P. M.
  • When Transparency Isn’t Transparent: Campaign Finance Disclosure and Internet Surveillance. (2014) Wayland, K., Armengol, R., & Johnson, D. G.
  • Campaign Disclosure, Privacy and Transparency. (2010) Johnson, D. G., Regan, P. M., & Wayland, K.

Courses Taught

  • STS 4500 STS and Engineering Practice
  • STS 4600 The Engineer, Ethics, and Professional Responsibility